R. Richard "Dick" Stanwix
Faith in community through a turbulent era
Liberty Memorial High School
Dick was a Lawrence native whose deep ties to the community contributed to his successful 35 years at the Lawrence Police Department. When he returned to Lawrence from serving in the Army in the Korean War, he joined the police department as a patrolman. Later he became a detective, Lieutenant, and Captain.
In 1970 he was appointed Police Chief. He was challenged with turbulent times as racial unrest and the Vietnam War protests consumed the city. He was loyal to the community and to its safety. He truly loved the City of Lawrence.
Dick was well known and respected throughout the State of Kansas in the law enforcement community.
Dick was also involved over the years with several community activities, mostly with the youth of the community. He joined other Lawrence law enforcement officers and Judge Charles Rankin to provide leadership for Lawrence youths in organized baseball. He also was a member of the original Board of Directors for Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Association.